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Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy

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19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.com

Just like the title says, BOYOLOGY is a "crash course," although it's more of a crash course in dating, rather than boys in general. For instance, if you want to know what a "safety" is in football so you can have a conversation with your brother on a Sunday afternoon, ...
Just like the title says, BOYOLOGY is a "crash course," although it's more of a crash course in dating, rather than boys in general. For instance, if you want to know what a "safety" is in football so you can have a conversation with your brother on a Sunday afternoon, then this book is not what you're looking for. However, if you want to figure out whether your brother's friend is flirting with you while you're all watching Sunday afternoon football, then this is the book for you.

Before we go any further, I must offer a clarification: Where I'm from, teenage males are not referred to as "boys." They are "guys." For me, the word "boy" conjures up images of dimpled 5-year-olds with gaps where their front teeth should be. The only people around here who call teenagers "boys" are school principals. This is doubtless just a regional difference, so if you're from Chicago like I am, just mentally substitute the word "guy" for "boy" when you're reading BOYOLOGY (i.e. GUYOLOGY). Please don't let that little objection turn you off from this book, because it has a lot of good advice to offer about boys or guys or whatever you call them.

BOYOLOGY contains a great deal of useful information for teenage girls who are trying to find their way around the confusing world of crushes and dating. While much of the advice might be things you have heard before in one form or another, it's nice to have it reinforced by a neutral third-party (i.e. someone who's not your mom or your minister). For instance, the book tells girls to be themselves and establish their physical boundaries before things get hot and heavy. There are also plenty of things that you probably haven't heard before, including fun date ideas for couples or groups, step-by-step instructions on how to kiss, and a quiz to see if you're a good date or not.

The book is optimistic, by which I mean that it spends relatively little time on the "What if he's not into you?" scenarios, and many more pages on successful flirting, dating, and becoming a couple. The author balances her approach by offering not only the fun side of dating, but also worthwhile safety information. She points out the importance of letting your parents know if you're "seeing" someone online, as well as how to avoid and, if necessary, deal with sexual assault. I recommend her tip on taking a minute to program a taxi service phone number into your cell phone so you can always get home safely. The book even has a chapter at the end about breaking up. You might never need tips on maintaining your dignity when running into the ex and his new girlfriend, but when you do need them, they're worth their weight in gold.

The book doesn't just offer the author's perspective. It has words of wisdom from celebrities, like Daniel Radcliffe and Zac Efron, and it provides advice from actual teenagers (lots of them boys/guys) who have "been there, done that." Even the author's husband (who used to be a boy/guy) chimes in from time to time.

Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com!

posted by TeensReadToo on April 10, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

To i need help asap

I think you should go for it and if he dosen't feel the same wway just say you were dared by your firend

posted by Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Chica12 here

    Im in 8th ggrade and i like this guy right since 4th grade. Plz help cause i dont know weather to give up or nah because i dont think he likes me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    To lexlex and rating

    Dont just wait...seize the day! Ben franklin once said:"he who waits will die waiting"
    Btw the book was pretty good but a bit dull at some points

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Help I really need it!!

    Well ther is this cute boy and me and him r secretlly dating. My mom does not know and his doesn't either. He send me long love letters but I am afraid to send love letters because of his mom finding out. Plus he is in PA and I am in FL. Every time we go up there ( his mom and my mom know each other since PreK) he brings me in his room and tries to kiss me. I am not big on kissing but I only see him once a yr. What should I do. I can not tell my mom she will freak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Dear anyone who cares

    I have a boyfriend. My parents dont want me to date yet, but im 14 and i know im not an adult but i believe dating at 14 is normal. I dont want thi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Lovetoread

    This book is so good but one part was weird

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2010

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